Cognitive Systems (BA)

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

This Arts program provides you with a grounding in the principles and techniques used by intelligent systems, both natural and artificial. It emphasizes the study of existing systems (i.e., linguistics), the design of new ones (i.e., machine intelligence), and the design of interfaces between different forms of intelligent agents. You can choose to specialize in Cognition and the Brain; Language; or Mind, Language, and Computation.

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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Cognitive Systems is a multi-disciplinary program involving four departments: Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology. It provides you with a thorough grounding in the principles and techniques used by intelligent systems (both natural and artificial) to interact with the world around them.  In the Arts program, depending on your focus of interest, you can select from three streams:

  • Cognition and the Brain (Psychology specialization)
  • Language (Linguistics specialization)
  • Mind, Language, and Computation (Philosophy specialization)

A fourth stream, Computational Intelligence and Design, is available through the Cognitive Systems Bachelor of Science program.

Campus features

ICICS members are drawn from the departments of Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. ICICS also has members from the departments of Psychology, Physics, Linguistics, Applied Ethics, Commerce, Forestry, and Medicine.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

No additional courses beyond the general admission requirements.

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